Dave Hatfield and his chicken-cooking colleagues will have a new place to work across the parking lot from their old spot when the Town of Lansing completes the new “multi-use pavilion” this week.
The structure will be known as the “Robert Baker Memorial Barbeque Pavilion,” after the Lansing resident and Cornell professor who originated the famous “Baker” or “Cornell” chicken recipe. There will be a formal dedication and opening on a date to be determined.
The project will cost about $8,000 according to Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne. Of that, $5,000 was donated by Baker’s family. The remainder of the costs, up to $10,000, have been covered by an anonymous donor, LaVigne said.
The pavilion is being constructed by the Town Highway Department and will boast a roof, electricity, water, and lights. The project will also improve drainage in the area, reducing the threat of ice in the parking lot in the winter, according to LaVigne.
“We couldn’t put the pavilion where the pits are now because they are under the power lines,” LaVigne said. The five parking spaces lost to the structure will be compensated by the recovery of the spots where the old pits were.“We worked together to determine the best places to run the electricity and water,” LaVigne said. “The Highway Department also put up two pavilions in the Village of Lansing.”
Meantime, the Salt Point Brewing Company announced last week that they will be moving their brewery and taproom from their current location next to Rogue’s Harbor to a 5.4-acre site purchased from the town across Route 34B from the Town Hall complex.
“This should be a good anchor for that business district, “LaVigne said. “Two acres of the site are wetlands and will remain that way, and they have promised to preserve the Lansing Center Trail that will go across the property.”LaVigne said that the town has a few more projects in the pipeline for the land adjoining the new brewery and apartments.
Rotary Chicken DinnerThe Lansing-Ithaca Rotary, the Lansing Faculty Association, and the Lansing Lions will hold their 40th Annual Chicken BBQ Dinner May 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the high school to support student scholarships and awards.
A half chicken dinner will be $12 while quarter chicken dinners will be $10. Half chickens only will be $8. Dinners can be eaten in or carried out – curbside pick-up will be available at the loading dock behind the school. There will also be basket raffles and fancy cakes on auction.
Middle School DramaThe Lansing Middle School will present their annual drama “Little Red: Life in the Hood” May 8, 9, and 10 at 6:30 p.m. and May 11 at 2 p.m. Admission is $7 for this humorous retelling of the classic children’s story “Little Red Riding Hood.”
Summer Program Booklets availableThe Town of Lansing Recreation and Parks Department now has its summer program catalogs available at the Town Hall and online.
Programs for 2019 include:
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